The Media Party and opposition parties got in full-outrage mode over a question posed to Bill C-36 committee witness Timea Nagy yesterday by Conservative MP Robert Goguen.
Liberal justice critic Sean Casey:
said Goguen should be taken off the justice committee and removed as parliamentary secretary to the justice minister for the line of questioning
And this from Ottawa Citizen’s Kate Heartfield:
Conservative MP Robert Goguen should not be welcome in the Conservative caucus. His stupid and cruel use of a victim of gang rape to help him score a cheap rhetorical joke was an offence not only to the woman who had to live through his glib hypothesizing about her experience, but also to the dignity of Parliament. (see here)
One big problem for Heartfield and Casey – Nagy wasn’t upset about the question:
Timea Nagy, an advocate for women forced into prostitution, says she wasn’t offended by a Conservative MP’s questions at a committee meeting Monday, when he compared her gang rape to the importance of freedom of expression. (see here)
It’s bad enough when a politician goes mouthing-off without knowing what they are talking about but you would at least expect a journalist to ask the person in question their opinion before speaking on their behalf.
Heartfield is so arrogant that she believed her outrage was shared by Nagy when in fact Nagy is actually very upset with the media:
“The journalist who started this ‘scandal’ did not take the time to come and ask me how I felt,” Nagy said in Toronto. “But when we asked him why he didn’t interview me, his simple answer was: why should he?” (see here)
I’m not sure who this journalist is but will update if I can find out.
Update: From what I can find, there were 3 articles written yesterday on Nagy 1) Aaron Wherry 2) Kate Heartfield 3) Emmett Macfarlane (see here) and since Macfarlane’s wasn’t critical of Gogeun, that leaves the remaining male being Macleans’ Wherry.
I’ve asked Wherry if it was him and will update if he responds or I can confirm from someone else.
Update: Wherry denies it was him:
Update: And we have a winner…turns out it was freelance journalist Justin Ling: